Going through a divorce is never easy. It is a very emotional time in life, but also a time where there are what seems like hundreds of decisions to be made. Many of these decisions are small, but some are very critical and can have a long-term impact on your parenting time, your options for alimony and even how your assets and debts will be divided.
Getting the best family law attorney should be something you are focused on very early in the process. If you are divorcing someone who has a history of being angry, hurtful, highly emotional and difficult to pin down on answers, the attorney will help you to avoid a lot of conflicts and unnecessary and unproductive conversations.
Before hiring any family law attorney, there are three important questions to ask and have answered. This will help you determine if the attorney is the right person for your divorce.
What is Your Experience?
It is important to know how many divorces the family law attorney handles, what is the settlement rate without the need for litigation and how long does he or she estimate your divorce will take? Experienced attorneys will be able to answer these questions, although the divorce time will only be an estimate based on similar cases.
What is the Process?
Asking the attorney to explain the divorce process provides insight into their communication style as well as their understanding of the law. Most attorneys will provide this as part of the written information as well, which is always helpful.
What is the Cost?
There are many factors that will come into play in the cost of the divorce. Check with the attorney and ask for an explanation of the fee structure and for an estimate of what you can expect for services.
Asking these questions will allow you to evaluate and compare different attorneys and different law practices, giving you the option to choose the one best suited for your comfort level.